Mennonite Weekly Review - October,
Buller, Violet Rose Richert;
Detrow, F. Lucille Yoder; Horst, Lloyd S.; Lehman, Verl
O.; Slagell, Walter Warren; Waltner, Esther Wedel;
Mennonite Weekly Review - October 4, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 35 - p. 9
Lehman, Verl O.
Verl O. Lehman, 92, died Sept.
9, 2010, at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen, Ind. He was born
Dec. 22, 1917, to Clarence and Bertha (Christophel) Lehman on their
farm in Elkhart County. He graduated from Wakarusa High School and
attended Goshen College.
On Sept. 1, 1940, he married Vesta Metzler. She preceded him in death
The mission of the church became the focus of his life. In 1951 he
moved with his family to La Porte County, where he was involved in
ministry at the former Fish Lake Mennonite Church, a church plant of
Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, for 30 years. Throughout these years he
was employed as a machinist.
In 1980 he and his wife retired in the Goshen area, where they became
charter members of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. He served there
in a variety of roles and was remembered as the person who noticed and
welcomed visitors and newcomers. Other volunteer activities included 16
years at the World Missionary Press and eight years with the volunteer
chaplaincy program at Goshen General Hospital.
Survivors include three daughters, Jean Moyer and her husband, Samuel,
and Ruth Ann Yoder and her husband, Jared B., all of Goshen, and Carol
Lehman and her husband, John Kampen, of Cincinnati; two sons, Larry Lee
Lehman of Salem and David E. Lehman and his wife, Dianne, of Goshen;
two sisters, Eva Myers of Goshen and Wilma Lehman of Auburn; 12
grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vesta, and brother-in-law Warren
Memorial services were held at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship of
Goshen. Burial was in Yellow Creek Cemetery in Goshen.
Weekly Review - October 11, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 36 - p. 9
Waltner, Esther Wedel
Esther Waltner, 87, of Freeman,
S.D., died Sept. 20, 2010, at Oakview Terrace of the effects of a
stroke. She was born May 25, 1923, to Peter P. and Emma (Kaufman) Wedel
in Moundridge, Kan.
She was baptized by Pastor Peter Wedel, her father, on May 26, 1940,
and became a member of First Mennonite Church of Christian. She
attended Moundridge High School, then one year at Bethel College in
North Newton, Kan. She then had three years of nurses training at
Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton, Kan., and graduated as a
As a nurse, she worked one year in Hutchinson, Kan. She entered
voluntary service with her sister and worked in Gulfport, Miss. There
she met Carroll Waltner, who was serving in Civilian Public Service.
She married Carroll Waltner on June 8, 1948, in Moundridge. They shared
52 years of life together.
They farmed northwest of Hurley, where they lived for 49 years. She
especially enjoyed gardening, sewing and baking. She transferred her
church membership to Salem Mennonite Church in Freeman. She enjoyed
teaching Sunday school and participated in Women’s Mission Society. She
and Carroll moved to Walnut Street Village in Freeman in 1997, where
she enjoyed 11 years of retirement. The last two years of her life were
spent at Oakview Terrace. During her retirement she continued to enjoy
reading, cooking and old and new friendships.
Survivors include her daughter, Jorgiann Waltner and her husband,
George Glubka, of Minneapolis, Minn.; two sisters, Laura Mae Voran and
her husband, Willis, of New Holland, Pa., and DeLores Sawatzky and her
husband, Gordon, of Greeley, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Waltner; two
brothers, Richard and Silas Wedel; and three sisters, Erma Vogt, Wilma
Stucky and MaryAnn Lawler.
Services were held at Salem Mennonite Church of Freeman. Burial was in
Salem Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Slagell, Walter Warren
Walter Warren Slagell, 87, of
Hydro, Okla., died Sept. 8, 2010. He was born April 1, 1923, to John
and Alice (Schantz) Slagell of Hydro.
As a youth he accepted Christ, was baptized and joined Pleasant View
Mennonite Church. At age 18 he worked for Joni Yoder farming with
horse-drawn equipment, and at 85 years of age he operated a tractor
with air conditioning that steered itself. During World War II he was
drafted and spent his term of Civilian Public Service at Three Rivers,
Calif., and Veterans TB Hospital in Livermore, Calif.
He married Ida Fern Hartzler on May 2, 1948, at West Liberty Mennonite
Church near Windom, Kan.
He purchased wheat harvesting equipment, and six weeks later left with
his new bride and five younger brothers and cousins to follow the
harvest from Oklahoma to Montana. He always looked forward to wheat
harvest, even driving combine this past harvest. He often got to the
field earlier and worked later than his grandchildren.
He worked full time with his brothers farming, custom hay baling,
custom silage chopping and operating earth-moving equipment. He
served many years on the Hydro Coop board of directors and numerous
committees at church and had a special love for the Bible Memory
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ida Fern Slagell; two sons,
Virgil Slagell and his wife, Meribeth, of Hydro and Dennis Slagell and
his wife, Candace, of Weatherford; two daughters, Carolene Jackson and
her husband, Bill, of Weatherford and Loretta Propps and her husband,
Mike, of Hydro; a sister, Mildred Slagell of Hydro; two brothers,
Harold Slagell and his wife, Ella, and Chester Slagell and his wife,
Ruth, all of Weatherford; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Maurice; and a sister, Doris.
Funeral services were held at Pleasant View Mennonite Church of Hydro.
Burial was in Pleasant View Mennonite Cemetery.
Weekly Review - October 18, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 37 - p. 21
Buller, Violet Rose Richert
Violet Rose Buller, 86, of
Glendive, Mont., died Oct. 9, 2010, at Glendive Medical Center Extended
Care. She was born May 19, 1924, to Benjamin and Susie (Boese) Richert
at their home near rural Richey.
She was educated at the Fairview School in rural Dawson County. On Dec.
28, 1941, she married Vern Buller at Bethlehem Mennonite Church.
She and her husband farmed nine miles east of Richey from 1942 until
they moved to Paraguay in 1954, where Vern helped clear land and worked
construction. In 1956 they returned to Richey to continue farming until
1960, when they moved back to Paraguay. They stayed there until 1965
when the call to return to the Richey area brought them back. In the
late 1980s they moved to Lame Deer, and in 2006 they moved to Glendive.
She was an independent and self-sufficient woman whose life was devoted
to her husband and children. She raised large gardens and canned all of
the produce that she could. She contributed her cooking skills to
feeding the children attending the Northern Cheyenne Mennonite Church
Bible Camp for more than 20 years. She was also an accomplished
seamstress and quilter. Her denim quilts were often in demand. She
played the piano and organ for many church services and functions.
Survivors include a son, Tom Buller and his wife, Linda, of Glendive;
three daughters, Kathy Gadomski and her husband, Doug, of Albuquerque,
N.M., Nina Gibbs and her husband, Dave, of Republic, Ohio, and Cecilia
Jenkins of Albuquerque; a twin sister, Viola Unruh of Wolf Point; six
grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern, in 2008; three sisters;
two brothers; an infant granddaughter and an infant grandson.
Funeral services were held in the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha
Funeral Home in Glendive. Burial was in the Bethlehem Mennonite
Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Weekly Review - October 25, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 38 - p. 9
Detrow, F. Lucille Yoder
F. Lucille Yoder Detrow, 91, of
Leetonia, Ohio, died on Sept. 30, 2010, at Parkside Health Care Center
after a long illness. She was born Feb. 24, 1919, to Stephen A. and
Esther Mae (Lehman) Yoder in McPherson County, Kan.
She served 29 years with the Ten Thousand Villages Store, formerly
known as Self-Help. She married Arthur Detrow on Nov. 29, 1941.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Arthur Detrow; a daughter,
Darlene Martin and her husband, Gary, of Leetonia; four sons, Ralph
Detrow and his wife, Kathy, of Dalton, Ron Detrow and his wife, Jan, of
Boardman, David Detrow and his wife, Charmaine, of Harrisonburg, Va.,
and Paul Detrow and his wife, Donna, of Huntsburg; a brother, Harold
Yoder of Goshen, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and
Horst, Lloyd S.
Lloyd S. Horst, 97, of Dayton,
Va., died Oct. 7, 2010, at Bridgewater Home, where he was a resident.
He was born Aug. 16, 1913, to Reuben and Frances Sweigart Horst in
On Feb. 29, 1936, he married Alice Virginia Heatwole. She preceded him
in death on Jan. 5, 1997.
He was ordained as a Mennonite minister in 1948 and as bishop in 1957.
Survivors include six children, James D. Horst and his wife, Loretta,
of Weyers Cave, Amos D. Horst and his wife, Leta, of Harrisonburg, Enos
H. Horst and his wife, Deborah, of Brandywine, W.Va., Rachel Schrock
and her husband, David, of Dayton, Reuben Horst and his wife, Ruth Ann,
of Dayton, and Anna Miller and her husband, Gary, of Middlebury, Ind.;
a daughter-in-law, Martha Horst of Century, Fla.; 22 grandchildren and
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; a son, Joseph F. Horst;
and a grandson, Sheldon Horst.
Services were held at Bank Mennonite Church, where he was a member.
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